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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theatre on 1978-11-24

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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theatre on 1978-11-24

Set 1

Jack Straw
Me And My Uncle ->
Big River
Stagger Lee
New Minglewood Blues
From The Heart Of Me
The Promised Land

Set 2

I Need A Miracle ->
Good Lovin'
Friend Of The Devil
Estimated Prophet ->
Shakedown Street ->
Drums ->
Ollin Arrageed ->
Fire On The Mountain ->
Sugar Magnolia

Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Capitol Theatre
Location Passaic, NJ

Source WBCN Pre-FM -> Studer Console -> Master Reel -> Dat/0 (Sony ES/48k) D
Lineage Dat (Sony D8) -> Samplitude Professional v9.11 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Soundcheck from Dan Sisler's video tape (sorry about the quality)
-- Thanks to cryptical5 for the Master Dats
-- Ollin Arrageed with Hamza El Din
-- Cleaned up many flaws and removed station ID's
Patch Info:
FM -> Master Reel -> CD (shnid=8364) supplies:
Me And My Uncle (0:43 - 1:07)
Big River (1:54 - 1:55) (2:55 - 2:56) (5:05 - 5:21)
Radio Station Interviews (complete track)
Friend Of The Devil (9:01 - 11:30 post song tuning)
d1t01 - Tuning
d1t02 - Stagger Lee
d1t03 - I Need A Miracle ->
d1t04 - Good Lovin'


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2017
Subject: Semi-Hidden Gem

Seems like since this is a '78 Top 5 show (and up there with 2/3 Madison and Red Rocks July), it should be more renowned. Maybe it's become a bit of a hidden gem. It's known for the Minglewood and somewhat for the Sugaree but there are bunches of highlights. The Cap Maryland was followed by the Cap Jersey. Must have been impossible to get tix for a theater one-off in the NYC area! It probably wasn't fully advertised since MSG was scheduled for a week later. These are brisk tight sets in what was an in-the-pocket venue for the boys (and girl). Jer, however, was sick (you can tell in places and in others he has never sounded better) and collapsed after the show. The rest of the tour was cancelled (which was: New Haven 11/25; Philly 11/27&28; MSG 11/30 & 12/1; Utica 12/2). He left it all on the stage (the shows were moved to '79). This was right after Shakedown Street came out (though it may not have been in all stores yet) and this was a promotion show, with FM simulcast and a local VidCast. In fact it's the best vid from the late Keith/Donna era. A DVD of this would be much better than the fuzzy, poorly-performed Egypt DVD. The sound is muddy on youtube but could be synched.

First Set. A banger out t-gate (Now we play for Clive), maximizing on into Sugaree in an Energizer Bunny version (ask your parents, kids). Not entirely stellar, but overall magical. The ace Me & My Uncle has minor FM dropouts on the right channel (of the "SBD"). Big River is uptempo and shooting for stars. Stagger Lee ain't bad but check the delicious ending (that Jer didn't always do). The tightness is lost for Passenger causing Jer to focus on a tempest, taking a couple measures. The rest is strong, with the well-known Minglewood and a Heart of Me that, fwiw, is probably at least as good as the NYE version (and it's the 6th one). Jer is losing his voice on Loser, so it's time for Bobby to step up for a Promised Land, that has a 2nd solo explosion flurry.

Second Set. I Need a Miracle is way uptempo and tighter than prom night in Utah. The machine lifts off. By Estimated they're just on, and the jam becomes intricate jazz. Shakedown Street is a song that needs to stay in the drummer's pockets - as happens here, on the 7th one. Jer then - wait for it - dissolves it back into the serious jazz territory they were sampling in the last seg, before the drummers start edging. Hamza El DIn guests (fresh from the shows at The Sphinx). The vox are on their way out on Fire on the Mountain, but musically it's a good version - especially Keith. The rest is average '78.

1st Set:   A-
2nd Set: B
Overall = 4½

Sugaree - bunny & magical
Me & My Uncle - taut
Big River - uptempo and shooting for stars
Stagger Lee - delicious ending
New Minglewood Blues - well-known
From the Heart of Me - maybe the best one
I Need a Miracle - uptempo and maybe the best Keith version
Friend of the Devil>Estimated Prophet>Shakedown Street - This sequence is fantastic, going in and out of this jazz thang with the drummers in the pocket. Maybe it was flu delirium.

SOURCES: The pre-fm.miller.87642 sounds great. The green_mtn_bros source sounds good - it's just not as patched and loved. (Most of the ostensible SBD sources are at least partial, if not mostly, FM from the simulcast). The pre-fm miller is probably (mostly) the real SBD. The ashley-field.32876 is rather boomy. Minglewood is a bonus track on Shakedown Street. Estimated is on the Scrapbook Deluxe DVD.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2014
Subject: 11-24-78
Good sound and lots of Keith in the mix. He was often lost in this era. I very much enjoyed the show.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2012
Subject: A good,
Strong performance with sweet highlights.
Reviewer: myhungryhippo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2011
Subject: diggin
shake down st.
Reviewer: mknyc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2008
Subject: Jerry was getting sick
This was a big nation-wide FM broadcast. You can hear in Jerry's voice that they really shouldn't have played that night. The next night they were scheduled to play in New Haven. We were waiting and waiting, way past the start time. Finally the rest of the band comes out and Phil says, "Jerry's real sick, he's in an oxygen tent... we've got to cancel... we'll be back....
After they closed Winterland, they came back east to make up those shows - that's why there was a January 1979 tour, why they played Dark Star at Nassau and Buffalo.
Reviewer: magicastles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2008
Subject: Dear Charlie Miller
I'm just having the best time listening to shows here, and anything that has CM's name on it SOUNDS much better than other Sbds......thank you Charlie
Reviewer: patourkid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2008
Subject: I cant believe I'm the first to review this.
This show may get cast over by other greats of the period but this is a HOT show, great fire.VERY solid J.S. Well worth the listen.
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